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Things to do in Seattle - Week of 4/21/2014

Sunday April 20, 2014

While most of the local Earth Day happenings took place this weekend, Earth Day is actually on Tuesday--April 22. Keep an eye out for opportunities to be nice to the environment that day. There are also a few Earth Day events taking place on Tuesday, too.

This week is also prime time to go cherry blossom viewing in Seattle and Tacoma. Don't miss the spectacular blooms at UW, Seward Park and other spots around town.

What else is on this week? Check out the April Seattle and Tacoma events calendars or take a look through the highlights below.

April 21:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 7:10 p.m.

April 22:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 7:10 p.m.

April 23:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 12:40 p.m.
  • Ellie Goulding at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Drive-By Truckers at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • Bombay Bicycle Clumb at 8 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

April 24:

  • Franz Ferdinand at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • The 1975 at 9 p.m. at Showbox SoDo

April 25:

  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 7:10 p.m.

April 26:

  • Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids at 1 p.m.
  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 6:10 p.m.
  • 2014 Amazing Pet Expos from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Seattle Center
  • The Wanted at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • Jake Shimabukuro at 8 p.m. at Paramount Theatre

April 27:

  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 1:10 p.m.
  • Video Games Live at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre

Easter Brunch Options in Seattle

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Easter brunch can range from a meal at a chain restaurant to an exquisite  affair at a fine restaurant. If you're planning to head out for Easter bunch, but not entirely sure where to go, Open Table is a fabulous resource. The site allows you to search by parts of town, type of cuisine and price point. Or check out one of the options below, including one where you can actually eat the Easter bunny...

Tilth

Tilth is always a fine option for a holiday meal, with certified organic, wild and often locally sourced ingredients. This year's brunch, headed up by chef Maria Hines, includes Asparagus Salad, Potato Galette, Stuffed French Toast and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The three-course menu is $30 per person with drinks not included.

Fonte Cafe

If you've ever wondered what the Easter Bunny might taste like, Fonte Cafe is serving up your chance to find out. The restaurant will serve Rodger Rabbit Benedict with confit rabbit, Rabbit Stew, Rabbit Frittata and Velveteen Rabbit Pate as well as other non-rabbit menu items.

Aqua by El Gaucho

If you want a ritzy brunch option, look to Aqua by El Gaucho. Their brunch menu features options for everyone, from Banana Walnut Pancakes to Filet Aqua.

Wherever you choose to go, be sure to make reservations! And check out this full listing, if you're looking for other things to do on Easter.

Get a Free Meal at Hard Rock Seattle for Tax Day

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe SeattleIn honor of everybody's favorite day of the year--Tax Day!--Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is giving you the special chance to sing for your supper. Literally. You sing. You get dinner. Because everyone could use a bit of a financial break today.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15, Hard Rock will invite diners up on stage. Choose a song and then sing that song along with a live band. Complete the song and you'll get a free meal. It's that simple. Plus, you get to be a rockstar for a little bit and what better way could there be to put all your tax worries behind you?

The meals you can choose from are all part of the newly launched menu revamp and include: the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich (picture above), Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken, Fiesta Burger or Veggie Burger.

Photo copyright: Hard Rock Cafe

Things to do in Seattle - Week of 4/14/2014

Monday April 14, 2014

Spring in Seattle is eventful! This week, don't miss the Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, a fine way indeed to welcome in this sunny weather with a twist. To the south, runners will find a treat at the Cosmic 5K Fun Run in Puyallup. For the full events listing for April, see the Seattle and Tacoma events calendars.

April 13-15:

  • National Geographic Live! Carsten Peter: Extreme Planet at Benaroya Hall

April 16:

  • Diana Krall at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Chromeo at 9 p.m. at The Showbox

April 17-19:

  • Duane Goad at Tacoma Comedy Club

April 18:

  • Cosmic 5K Fun Run at 7 p.m. at Washington State Fair Events Center
  • Chelsea Handler at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Switchfoot at 8:30 p.m. at The Showbox
  • Blackberry Smoke at 9 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

April 18-19:

  • Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival at Fremont Studios

April 18-May 11:

  • The Odd Couple at Lakewood Playhouse

April 19:

  • See the USA at 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theatre

April 20:

  • Dark Star Orchestra at 8 p.m. at The Showbox

Until April 20:

  • I Love Lucy Live on Stage at Moore Theatre

Things to Do in April 2014 in Seattle and Tacoma

Sunday March 30, 2014

A new month, a new set of events calendars! Spring is finally here and this year it seems like it's going to be a rainy Spring, but don't let that stop you from getting out and delving into the area's events.

April Events in Seattle include plenty of Mariners games, Ellie Goulding at the Paramount Theatre, Shen Yun at McCaw Hall and the end of The Lion King's run at the Paramount.

Tacoma's April event lineup features country legend George Strait at the Tacoma Dome, Madama Butterfly at the Rialto, and the neon-glow of the Cosmic 5K Fun Run at the Washington State Fair Events Center.

Especially if you've got kids, also check out the Earth Day events on April 22!

San Juan Island Park One of the Best National Parks

Monday March 24, 2014

San Juan Island National ParkWhen I saw that Gayot, authority on the good life, had compiled a list of the top 10 national parks, I thought for sure Mt. Rainier National Park would be on the list. After all, Mt. Rainier is pretty awesome. It's beautiful. The park has some great trails.

But I was wrong! A Washington State national park did indeed make the list, but not Mt. Rainier. Instead, San Juan Island National Historical Park landed on the list. Gayot sites a number of facets of the park that helped it get onto the list--the fact that you can often spot whales from the shorelines, that outdoor activities include kayaking and hiking, and the historical value of the park. In the 1800s, the "Pig War" erupted here, but came to a peaceful resolution. And, yes, a pig was involved.

I'll admit, while I knew this park was one of the parks near (ish) to Seattle, I didn't know much about it. It's still on my list of places to go. If you've been, what's your favorite aspect of this unique national park?

Things to do in Seattle - Week of 3/24/2014

Saturday March 22, 2014

There are some very cool things to do on the docket this week! And April's events (Easter and Earth Day!) on the horizon! Best of all, Spring is now officially here, heralding in the many Spring and Summer events in the area. Woo! Here's what's up this week:

March 25:

  • Wanting at 8 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

March 28:

  • The War on Drugs at 9 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

March 29-30:

  • Totally Wicked at McCaw Hall

March 30:

  • Star Chefs on Broadway: Neverland at Pantages Theatre in Tacoma
  • Neil Finn at 8 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

Until June 15:

  • Little Shop of Horrors at ACT Theatre

For more details, see the full March Seattle and Tacoma calendars, look ahead to the April Seattle and Tacoma calendars, or check out what's on for Easter or Earth Day 2014.

 

Easter in Seattle 2014

Saturday March 22, 2014

Seattle EasterEaster in 2014 is on April 20 (and with marijuana legal now in Washington State...this year, Easter might get an interesting twist since it falls on 4/20). All joking aside, whether you celebrate Easter with your family over a meal at home or like to head out, this year there are plenty of happenings to enjoy in Seattle and Tacoma.

Easter brunch is a tradition for many families and local options range from going to any number of restaurants--or doing something more unique and having brunch on a cruise boat. Find out what kinds of Easter activities are taking place in Seattle and Tacoma with this handy listing, or check out where the larger Easter egg hunts are this year!

Photo credit: mistaric

Could Seattle be the next Pompeii?

Sunday March 9, 2014

Mt. Rainier National ParkTravel and Leisure recently released a list of 15 cities that could be the next Pompeii--all cities placed precariously close to active volcanoes around the world. I clicked into the article, sure Seattle would be on the list, but it wasn't! Oversite? Perhaps. Seattle, Tacoma and other Puget Sound cities are pretty close to Mt. Rainier, after all. Mt. Rainier is one of 16 "Decade Volcanoes" on the earth. Decade Volcanoes are very likely to cause a major catastrophe if they go off.

Pompeii was a city of about 20,000 people buried in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. While it makes an amazing tourist attraction today, I'm not exactly unhappy that Seattle was left off the list of possible future Pompeiis.

Still--what do you think? Could Seattle or Tacoma end up being another Pompeii someday?

Photo credit: pfly

Seattle with a View

Thursday February 27, 2014

Seattle from Gas Works ParkWhether you're looking for a place to propose, a restaurant for a special occasion, or just want a bird's eye view of Seattle, the city's many viewpoints are worthy of knowing about! Seattle is a stunningly beautiful city. See it from every angle, from high up in the sky, from in the distance and you'll still get a little burst of pride.

So where are these splendid viewpoints? Depends what you seek.

For views with a touch of romance, Seattle's restaurants with a view may be the places to go.

For expansive views of the skyline or towers with observation decks, check out this list of the best viewpoints in town.

Or if you're gearing up to ask someone to marry you, why not set the stage with an unforgettable backdrop at one of the area's most memorable spots for a marriage proposal!

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